Ever wondered if there is any difference between the skin of men and women? If yes, why is there such a difference? Well, its all due to the hormones which play a vital role. Testosterone and androgenic male hormone result in thicker skin and hair. Also, the structure of collagen is different in men and women.
Most men neglect their skin and do not have a skincare routine (The scenario has taken a change in the past few years, yet there is much to change). This results in the formation of open pores and acne breakouts in men. Combining with a hormonal imbalance, or elevation, the skin starts to break out.
Also, oil production is high around the hair follicles, resulting in breakouts in the chin areas. The epidermis is thick, and the Srotas are thicker and longer, allowing much space for dirt and grime to accumulate. This leads to dull and coarse skin.
Let’s look at some of the skincare routines men can follow
Youthful skin comes while taking care of it both externally and internally. Along with the below said skincare routine, it is better to take a healthy diet and lead a healthy lifestyle.
As with all skincare routines, the first step starts with cleansing your skin.
Cleansing: Environmental exposure leads to dirt build up resulting in breakouts. It is better to cleanse your skin twice a day. Always go for a mild cleanser. You can also opt for raw cold milk or rose water (Shesha Ayurveda rose water is pure and natural; it cleanses effectively) to cleanse your face.
Toning: Toning is also an important ritual to keep the skin free from excess oil. It improves the sagging of the skin. Mogra water (available at Shesha Ayurveda) proves a right toner.
Exfoliate: Exfoliating twice a week does wonder to your skin. It removes all the impurities and dead skin cells, leaving a healthy glow. Use a homemade scrub for better results. Tejaswini face wash powder is an excellent scrub.
Moisturizing: Moisturizing is an essential step. It would be best if you moisturized from within by opting for healthy foods like walnuts, avocados, and nuts that provides a natural shine to your body. Increase your water intake, and it keeps your skin hydrated naturally.
Face masks: Last but not least, it is better to use a face pack for your skin. Even though many men detest it, using a face mask once a week makes your skin smooth and glowing. You can opt for Kumkumadi Suvarna ubtan or any homemade facial masks.
As said above, along with a skincare routine, one must follow a healthy lifestyle. Some tips for pursuing a better daily regimen are,
Healthy diet: Healthy eating habits nurtures your skin, resulting in healthy, clear skin. Eating according to the changing season, ‘Ritucharya‘ as prescribed by Ayurveda, is one concept that we need to indulge in.
Exercise more: While you exercise, you sweat, which means the pores are open and the toxins are flushed out. It also increases your metabolism., leading to a healthy body, skin, and mind.
Cut off sugars: Sugars are bad for your skin. An increase in sugar intake hinders our body’s ability to fight against inflammation.
Adequate sleep: Quality sleep is necessary. Make sure to get the required amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation shows off as dark circles under the eyes.
A holistic and natural way for the skin is best suited for both men and women. Following a good skin care routine and dietary habits can bring healthy glowing skin and an aesthetic appearance.